heart health benefits of dark chocolate
Post on 13-Jan-2017
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Heart Health Benefits of
Good for your Heart? Evidence is building that cacao plant
products, especially dark chocolate, are
good for your heart.
Studies show that people who eat dark
chocolate have healthier cardiovascular
systems, including better blood
circulation, lower blood pressure,
and lower cholesterol levels.
Dark Chocolate is Mineral Rich Dark chocolate is rich in fiber and is
loaded with minerals like iron,
magnesium and copper.
The fatty acid profile of cocoa and
dark chocolate is excellent. The fats
are mostly saturated and
monounsaturated, with small
amounts of polyunsaturates.
Did You Know? A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with
70-85% cocoa contains:
• 11 grams of fiber
• 67% of the RDA for Iron
• 58% of the RDA for Magnesium
• 89% of the RDA for Copper
• 98% of the RDA for Manganese
It also has plenty of potassium,
phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
Powers Heart & Blood Vessel Cells
Dark chocolate is loaded with organic
compounds that are biologically active
and function as antioxidants.
Antioxidants cause your blood vessels
to dilate and help to increase
circulation which increases the
amount of blood traveling throughout
Dark Chocolate May Lower Blood Pressure
The flavanols in dark chocolate produce Nitric Oxide (a gas)
that stimulates the artery linings to relax and lower resistance to
Helps You Meet
Dark chocolate improves
several important risk factors
for disease. It lowers the
susceptibility of LDL to
oxidative damage while
increasing HDL and improving
May Lower Your Risk
The compounds in dark chocolate
appear to be highly protective against
the oxidation of LDL.
In the long term, this should cause
much less cholesterol to lodge in the
arteries and we should see a lower
risk of heart disease.
Pick The Right Type
Dark chocolate generally contains two to three
times as much cocoa as milk chocolate, which
is where all the health benefits originate.
Milk chocolate contains more saturated fat
which is linked to higher cholesterol levels.
White chocolate is actually not chocolate at all,
it is a high calorie confection, made without
cocoa, so it doesn’t contain any of the possible
Try to use dark chocolate as a
replacement for other sweets! You’ll
likely eat fewer calories and less
sugar and sodium in the process.
Choose a chocolate with at least
70% cocoa beans. Or, consider using
cocoa powder, it has the highest
concentrations of flavonoids of any
dark chocolate product.